How is it that next week will be our last IS6621 class?! I can’t tell if it has to do with my impending graduation or this class in particular, but this semester seemed to fly by. Being the sentimental person I am, I took this opportunity to reflect on a couple of things about this course: blogging and tweeting, presentations, and class discussion topics.
Blogging and Tweeting
At the beginning of the semester, I remember worrying about how I would come up with unique and interesting topics to blog about. I’m not someone who can sit down and crank out a paper in a couple hours, so I was sort of dreading having to post every other week. Surprisingly, though, I’ve actually enjoyed writing these blog posts. They’ve given me a chance to research companies and products that I interact with frequently but know little about. Reading my classmates’ posts has also been fun as they’ve introduced me to topics I’d never even heard of before (hello, Fortnite).
Twitter is a bit of a different story. I was hesitant at the start of class when I heard we’d have to use the platform, and I can’t say that my opinions have changed that much. On the one hand, being on Twitter has helped me stay more up-to-date on current news and issues. However, tweeting still doesn’t seem natural to me and checking my feed certainly isn’t a high priority of my day. So, sorry Twitter, you might not be seeing much of me after this week.
Another part of the course I enjoyed was the individual presentations. Although it was a bit intimidating having to speak in front of the entire class, I appreciated getting feedback from my peers. It was interesting to see the difference in topics that people presented on. From finance to sports, the range proved that social media and digital innovation touches nearly every business and industry.
Of all the great presentations, a couple really stood out to me. First was Tara Kane’s presentation on the app Moments, which helps users track their iPhone use. One habit that I’m not proud of is looking at my phone right before bed and right after I wake up. Tara’s presentation (and her no-phone trial period) helped me realize that there are small steps I can take toward improving on this front without having to give up my phone entirely. I also enjoyed Tyler Cooke’s presentation on the language-learning app Duolingo. I had never heard of the app prior to his presentation and realized that it would be the perfect tool to help me brush up on my French in preparation for a trip to Paris that I’ll be taking in June. Since Tyler’s presentation, I’ve downloaded the app and can confidently say that I’ve surpassed Joey’s level of fluency.
If you’d asked me at the beginning of the year what my favorite class lectures would be, I’d probably have said Managing Virality or the Facebook discussion. I mean, in what other class will part of the assigned reading be a case study on the Chris Brown ‘Forever’ Wedding video?! While I did enjoy those classes, one my favorites turned out to be Kabrina Chang’s lecture on the legal issues surrounding social media and other digital platforms. The cases we had to read for that class were so interesting and highlighted just how profound an effect social media is having on our nation’s legal system.
My other favorite class ended up being the lecture on blockchain. As an ops major, I’ve been hearing the term for quite a while now, but I never felt that I had a good grasp on the concept. There’s still a lot left to learn, of course, but I’m glad we had an entire class dedicated to the discussion.
To be honest, I’m not quite sure how to end a ‘final thoughts’ blog post. I guess the only thing really left to say is “thank you” and #ttyl.